July 1, 2016

Temporary Hiatus

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We’ve taken a temporary hiatus from the blog for the moment. Please visit our website at: http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org/ or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/ for current information and news. We hope to be back up here again soon.

The dates for the 2017 Minidoka Pilgrimage will be: July 6-9, 2017.

July 30, 2014

2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage Photos

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Here’s links to various sites where pictures from the 2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage have been posted!

Feel free to browse and use for your own personal usage but if you wish to use pictures for commercial purposes please contact us at: minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com for more information.

Ryan Kozu:

Minidoka Pilgrimage 2014

Dana Mar:

2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage – Dana

Eugene Tagawa:

May 28, 2013

Registration Fees increase on June 1st

Posted in 2013 Minidoka Pilgrimage, Minidoka Pilgrimage, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 4:08 pm by minidokapilgrimage

Registration now before the registration fees increase on June 1! You can register online: http://minidokapilgrimage.brownpapertickets.com/

June 24, 2012

2012 Minidoka Pilgrimage

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The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s pilgrimage and the 2012 Pilgrimage was the 10th annual pilgrimage to Minidoka.  We express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all those who participated.  

For pictures from this year’s pilgrimage, please check back here for updates as they get posted online.

Former WWII Internment Camp Residents Make Pilgrimage to Their Past

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Former WWII Internment Camp Residents Make Pilgrimage to Their Past

EDEN • Monica Chin looked across the high desert land that used to be Minidoka Relocation Center and shook her head.

“Did I go through all this?” she wondered aloud.

Seventy years ago, Chin lived inside the barbed wire compound about 15 miles northeast of Twin Falls. She was a bewildered 14-year-old girl who was incarcerated with thousands of other Japanese Americans during World War II.

Chin and dozens of others with personal memories of the internment camp visited the site Saturday during the annual pilgrimage. She said it wasn’t a bad feeling to be back, although it took years to make peace in her mind.

“For a long time I didn’t want to talk about it,” Chin said. “There was all that time wasted and all the (financial) loss.”

The New Castle, Wash., resident expressed happiness that her children from Seattle and California could be on hand Saturday to learn about their family’s past.

The Minidoka camp, one of 10 such facilities in the U.S., housed from 9,500 to 9,800 people at any given time, according to Anna Tamura of the National Park Service, who led a group through the grounds that now comprise the Minidoka Internment National Monument.

The camp operated from 1942 until November 1945.

Dennis Creed’s wife, Brenda, was born there in 1944.

“It wasn’t fair, but it is nice they’re bringing this to light so it never happens again,” he said.

Although a couple of barracks and a building that served as a fire station remain, most of the camp has long been dismantled.

“I feel lost because there are no landmarks,” said Tokuko Murdoch of Arlington, Texas, another former camp resident.

She was a child during the war, and recalled playing with friends. Murdoch didn’t consider the camp a tremendous hardship at the time, she said, although not every aspect was pleasant.

“The only thing I didn’t like was having to eat when they told you to,” she said, adding that nighttime trips to a bathroom in a laundry building weren’t fun, especially when snow covered the ground.

“Some people deny it ever happened,” Murdoch said.

John Okazaki of Los Angeles was in camp as a 14- and 15-year-old boy. He went to high school during the morning and worked as a laborer in the afternoon and on weekends, earning $8 a month.

Like some others who lived in the camp as children, he said he was too young to realize what was being taken from him.

“Everybody looked alike and you ran around with your friends,” he said.

February 19, 2012

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

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Today marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.  As part of their Day of Remembrance Events, Seattle University hosted the 2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival.  Over 300 people attended this year’s event to hear the rhythmic beats of drumming and movement.  The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee wants to thank: the School of Taiko, Inochi Taiko, Kaze Daiko, One World Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Northwest Taiko and the Okinawa Kenjin-Kai for participating in this year’s Taiko Festival.

Photo by: Ryan Kozu

August 10, 2011

2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage Pictures

Posted in 2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka Pilgrimage, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 9:53 am by minidokapilgrimage

Here’s links to various sites where pictures from the 2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage have been posted!

Feel free to browse and use for your own personal usage but if you wish to use pictures for commercial purposes please contact us at: minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com for more information.

Ryan Kozu: https://picasaweb.google.com/103180039956765998297/MinidokaPilgrimage2011?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Eugene Tagawa:
Pilgrimage Group Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/iiemuchi/2011MinidokaPilgrimageGroupPhotos?authkey=Gv1sRgCMiygPKPj7CudA#
Thursday: https://picasaweb.google.com/iiemuchi/PILGRIMAGEThursdayJune30?authkey=Gv1sRgCK–wvSopsLWkQE
Friday: https://picasaweb.google.com/iiemuchi/PILGRIMAGEFridayJuly1?authkey=Gv1sRgCM2A3_ul9efBAQ
Saturday Morning/Afternoon: https://picasaweb.google.com/iiemuchi/PILGRIMAGESaturdayA_2?authkey=Gv1sRgCMfH2czr8Pb8iwE
Saturday Evening: https://picasaweb.google.com/iiemuchi/PILGRIMAGESaturdayEveningJuly2?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ3w6ui20c_P_AE
Sunday: https://picasaweb.google.com/100930662448489700454/PILGRIMAGESundayJuly3?authkey=Gv1sRgCP_buMHU_ILYDw#

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Dedication

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Photo by: Ryan Kozu

Fumiko Hayashida with her daughter Natalie Hayashida Ong

On Saturday, August 6, 2011 the names on the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial wall were officially dedicated.  The 276 foot stone and cedar wall, one foot for every Japanese American living on Bainbridge Island at the start of World War II, will commemorate and honor the strength and perseverance of the people involved — both those exiled and their island neighbors — and brings awareness of the powerful capacity of human beings and a nation to heal, forgive and care for one another.

For more news about the Memorial and/or the dedication, please check out the following links:

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community: http://www.bijac.org/index.php?p=MEMORIALIntroduction

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/us/06internment.html
Seattle Times:  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015841172_bainbridge07m.html
Seattle PI: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Monument-dedicated-to-Bainbridge-Island-s-1751457.php
Kitsap Sun: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/aug/06/bainbridge-celebrates-completion-of-internment/
Komo News: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/127072643.html
King 5 News: http://www.king5.com/news/Bainbridge-Island-Internment-Memorial–127074378.html

Photo by: Ryan Kozu

June 26, 2011

Taiko by Starlight: A Benefit at the Garden

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In 2010, the Minidoka Pilgrimage was honored to have Portland Taiko participate and share their taiko drumming with us.  On July 20, 2011 from 7-9p at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland (239 NW Everett Street  •  Portland, OR 97209), they are having their sixth annual benefit event.  Please see the information below if you are interested in attending and supporting this great cause!


“At our sixth annual benefit event, Taiko by Starlight: A Benefit at the Garden, we recognize the traditions of the Tanabata festival by meeting together in a night of celebration and community. Tanabata is the Japanese star festival held at night to celebrate the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legends, the Amanogawa (Milky Way), the river of stars that crosses the sky, separates these two lovers. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. The colorful Tanabata festivals are held in early July and August. In ancient Japan, taiko was used to delineate the boundaries of the village, scare away invading armies and pests, aid meditation in religious ceremonies, and call the community together in times of both crisis and celebration. Today, taiko is a dynamic and evolving performing art combining rhythm, movement, energy,
and culture into a single art form. Surrounded by the beauty of Portland’s own Lan Su Chinese Garden, our Taiko by Starlight: A Benefit at the Garden guests will enjoy delicious food, a live private taiko show, a silent auction, and a fundraiser favorite, Mystery Origami, all while supporting a great cause.”

$75 event admission
$100 event admission
+ entered to win an  iPad!
Each purchase includes
a $35 donation
Tickets on sale through July 15


September 15, 2010

Upcoming Book Reading on Incarceration Camps

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:08 pm by chiyokomartinez

Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incaceration by Jasmine Alinder.

Thu, 09/23/2010 – 6:00pm

Co-presented with DENSHO. We continue our ongoing collaboration with Densho, the Seattle-based Japanese American legacy project, with a special program by historian Jasmine Alinder. She will speak about her book, Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration (University of Illinois Press). Published as part of a series edited by esteemed historian and former Seattle resident Roger Daniels, Moving Images examines how photography was used to document and present the World War II impounding of Japanese Americans, and includes analysis of work by Dorothea Lang, Ansel Adams, and Manzanar inmate Toyo Miyatake, who secretly constructed his own camera to document camp life. For more about Densho, its extensive photo archives, oral histories, articles, and programs, please see www.densho.org.


The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, Washington 98122

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